'You can never underestimate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce'- American legend warns Sha'Carri Richardson & Co

'You can never underestimate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce'- American legend warns Sha'Carri Richardson & Co

Abigael Wafula 09:04 - 06.06.2024

American sprint legend has warned Sha'Carri Richardson and her fellow American sprinters to beware of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce this season considering it will be her last dance on the track.

American sprint legend Gail Devers has warned Sha’Carri Richardson and her fellow Americans to be aware of Jamaican sprint queen Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce.

Devers singled out Fraser-Pryce as an athlete who knows when to show up when it matters and noted that this being her final year in the sport, the five-time world champion will certainly want to exit with a bang.

The three-time Olympic champion also explained that with the caliber of current sprinters, the world record might go down anytime soon, noting that the Jamaican trio is also one to be watched very closely.

The women’s 100m world record stands at 10.49 seconds and was set by American Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.

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“There are many Americans we are putting our hopes on but there are so many athletes that are running so well. You just don’t know…I think the world record can be broken. Elaine came very close a couple of years ago at the Olympic Games and then she went to Europe and ran well.

“You can never underestimate Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce…I’m sorry, I don’t care what you say because she knows how to win and she knows when to win. I hear this might be her last time, so you know she will go out and make some noise.

“She will go out with a bang because that’s what she is all about, she is a legend of our sport for a reason. This will be a good year because Sha’Carri is also back in the game,” the American told Track Alerts.

She added that during her time, she managed to maintain her success by setting realistic goals and working towards them until they were achieved. The five-time world champion also explained that her coach did not play when it came to the sport and that’s one thing that kept her grounded.

On making the sport exciting, Devers explained that Jamaicans were their greatest rivals but they never failed to show up for races pitted against their serial rivals.

“For so long because I was like the grandmother of the sport…it was really just setting goals for myself and just try to see how good I could be and how fast I could go and those goals were personal and you know, what I wanted to accomplish and then you know who my coach was at the time, he doesn’t always play.

“We used to set realistic goals and had to work towards them and we kept working towards those goals until we accomplish them.

“Competing against Jamaicans, you always had to bring you’re A plus…there was always tough competition that made the sport great. You could not know who was going to win but you would know that it would be a great competition. We never dodged each other and they were beasts to run against.

“Hurdles was a challenge for me because I’d always wear something with a big heel on it so I could act like I’m 6’4 but it became a challenge because you can choose to conquer or be conquered,” she added.